How Can Facial Fillers Help You Look Your Best for the Holidays?

Many of the wrinkles that develop on the face occur because of a loss of collagen that’s associated with aging or damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays from sunlight, air pollution, cigarette smoke, and other factors. With the festive season at hand, it’s only natural that you’ll want to put your best face forward, so many patients are seeking treatments to help them look their best for holiday parties and vacations. With this in mind, it’s common to wonder: If you want to enjoy the season to the fullest, can you have filler before going on holiday? Our Newtown, PA-based team explains what you should know about the benefits of these treatments and how to achieve optimal results.

Injectable facial fillers can be an ideal way of restoring smoother, less wrinkled skin if you are frustrated with pesky wrinkles or loss of facial contours. These injections are substances introduced beneath the surface to add plumpness or lift to thinning or deflated areas where creases and hollows have formed. Considering their versatility, they are a quick, simple way to prepare for the holidays—which is certainly appealing to anyone stressed by a busy schedule!

If you have a special holiday party or event coming up, be sure to schedule fillers at least two weeks in advance to allow plenty of time for any bruising or swelling to subside. The results last for six months or more, so if you get them done in December, you will enjoy the results well into the new year.

Fillers injected into the undereye area can help create a more alert appearance, while fillers such as VOLBELLA® create a firmer, more youthful, and smoother appearance for the lips. VOLUMA® is a thicker filler that can restore lifted, rounder cheeks for a more balanced face. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as these have the advantage of adding volume that is visible right away with minimal side effects and downtime

Contact our team at The Well Lounge for answers to questions about how aesthetic treatments can fit in with the holidays. Call us at 215-360-3940 or fill out a contact form to schedule a consultation and discuss skin rejuvenation options for the season.

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What Can You Do to Make Cellulite Less Visible?

Cellulite is a very common skin condition. Despite the fact that up to 90 percent of all women (and 10 percent of men) will develop it to some degree, it has remained difficult to effectively treat, With that in mind, patients often ask us: “What reduces the look of cellulite?” In Newtown, PA, our team at The Well Lounge offers advice to help minimize the telltale dimpling. First, it’s important to understand what causes it.

Cellulite is a harmless, but often frustrating condition known for causing dimpled or undulating areas on the body, especially on the thighs, buttocks, hips, abdomen, and upper arms. It is sometimes referred to as cottage cheese skin or orange peel skin.

There’s a popular misconception that cellulite is caused by excess fat, but the truth is that anyone can get it regardless of how slim or healthy they are. That said, fat does play a role. The dimpling is caused by the relationship between the underlying structure of skin and the fat stored there. There are fibrous bands of collagen that tether the surface of the skin to the underlying muscle. Fat can build up in between these bands, pushing against the surface of the skin instead of spreading outward, ultimately creating an uneven appearance anywhere the tension causes the bands to pull down and create a pucker.

The ideal way to address cellulite is to relieve the tension, but there are also other ways of minimizing the appearance of the dimples.

QWO®

Since cellulite is caused by an interaction between bands of collagen and fat, topical skin care products that only affect the surface of the skin usually won’t be very helpful for reducing cellulite dimples. Unlike these products, QWO® is injected directly into treatment area, where its formula targets the bands themselves. As the collagen weakens and breaks down, the tension releases, and the surface appears smoother and more uniform.

Caffeine Creams

Topical products won’t just completely get rid of cellulite, but caffeine creams can temporarily smooth, tighten and soften skin.

Fake Tanners

A tan can certainly help to camouflage cellulite if you have fair skin, but we don’t recommend using sun exposure to darken your skin, since too much exposure to UV rays can weaken the fibers of the skin, making the cellulite look worse and causing other skin problems. Apply a self-tanning lotion all over the body instead of getting a real tan.

The Well Lounge team can explain more about ways to hide or reduce dimpled skin. Call us at 215-360-3940 or fill out a contact form to request an appointment with us if you would like to learn more about cellulite reduction treatments like QWO®.


Can BOTOX® Prevent Wrinkles?

Can BOTOX® really be preventative? Our Newtown, PA-based team at The Well Lounge believes that the injectable can indeed be a good option for patients who want to maintain a youthful appearance instead of simply waiting for wrinkles to form and addressing them then.

If you’ve ever wondered how some people always seem to have such a youthful appearance, it could be more than just their genetics. They could be using preventative BOTOX® to preserve radiant, wrinkle-free skin for as long as possible.

BOTOX®, which is the brand name for an injectable wrinkle treatment that contains a chemical called botulinum toxin, is famous for its ability to effectively reduce many of the facial wrinkles that are associated with facial expressions. The injectable temporarily prevents nerve signals that cause specific contractions, so the muscles remain relaxed instead of moving. The face looks smoother as a result. The goal is to relax overly expressive muscles so that the skin doesn’t crease up as much.

Along with softening existing wrinkles, there’s also a growing number of patients who want to use the injections as a way of stopping future wrinkles from forming in the skin.

It's often easier to prevent the effects of aging before they’ve occurred than to try to reverse them after they have become etched into the skin. Preventative BOTOX® is a way of avoiding the formation of lines and wrinkles rather than using it as a corrective treatment for lines that have already developed. As a preventative measure, the treatment is used on the first signs of faint expression wrinkles on the face before they become more pronounced. This can be ideal for a young candidate who has a very expressive face, family members who have an excessive number of dynamic wrinkles, or very thin and fine skin that makes wrinkles or deep wrinkles later in life very likely.

Patients often choose to get preventative BOTOX® in their mid-20s to early 30s. However, the best age for you depends on your skin condition. In rare cases, it could be recommended for someone under the age of 25.

If you have no visible wrinkles, you don’t need wrinkle injections—but if you already have deep wrinkles, then you need corrective BOTOX®. Preventative treatments fall in the middle between those two!

Contact our team at The Well Lounge if you would like more information about how preventative BOTOX® works. Call us at 215-360-3940 or fill out a contact form to schedule a consultation.

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How Long Do Facial Fillers Last?

Facial fillers are one of the most popular options for restoring volume and lift to improve the contours of the face or reduce wrinkles. They’re primarily used on the center and lower areas of the face to reduce etched-in lines, but can also be used for other purposes, such as volumizing thin lips and sculpting more defined cheeks. One of the possible drawbacks of facial fillers is that they are temporary and will eventually dissolve once they are metabolized in the body, so patients are often concerned about how much maintenance will be needed. With that in mind, a question we receive often from patients is, “What affects how long fillers last?” Our Newtown, PA-based team has some advice for anyone who is thinking about having these cosmetic treatments.

The skin on our face becomes more fragile and likely to wrinkle as we age because it contains less collagen and elastin, two of the most important proteins for preserving the skin’s structure. We also lose fat and some bone density from the face. These changes contribute to a more deflated appearance as we age.

While some people accept these changes to their skin, others are bothered by them and seek out topical skincare products or other in-office cosmetic treatments to restore a smoother, younger appearance.

Facial fillers are substances that add fullness beneath the skin to reduce the depth of wrinkles or augment certain areas, often “taking the place” of collagen or bone with their volume.

As with any other cosmetic treatment, individual results for facial fillers vary. In general, some fillers have a lifespan of six to 12 months, while others can last for several years. The type of filler you use will impact how long its lifespan is, as will the area where it is used on the face, how much of it is injected, and the speed at which your body metabolizes it. The midpoint of the expected duration of the filler is when you will typically notice a decrease in volume as the filler is gradually metabolized.

If you want answers to more questions about fillers and other treatments, The Well Lounge can provide further information. Call us at 215-360-3940 or fill out a contact form to book an appointment if you’re ready to get started.